Albert Riera is a midfielder for Spain and Liverpool in the English Premier League. He has pace to burn, and is at his best when he is running down the left wing, ready to cross the perfect pass for compatriot Fernando Torres to score. In spite of competition from the likes of Ryan Babel, Riera is the first-choice player, and has proven that he has the technical ability, as well as the physical attributes, to compete at the highest level.
Albert Riera was a transfer-deadline day purchase by Liverpoolís Rafa Benitez on September 1st 2008. With Aaron Lennon and Ryan Babel struggling to establish themselves in the first team, the Spanish manager was looking for a solid and reliable performer who also had the creative ability to make goals out of nothing. It took some time to get to grips with the pace of the English game, but Riera is now one of the first names down on the team sheet.
Albert Riera had always played for unfashionable clubs, which perhaps explains why he was only called up to Spainís international side in 2007. Although Riera performed admirably in the few games he played for Luis Aragones, he was overlooked for Spainís victorious Euro 2008 Championships, with Diego Capel preferred on the left instead. A move to Liverpool, a club with massive international standing, improved his chances with Spain somewhat, and he is back in the first-team.
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